As part of the exhibition Feast for the Eyes - The Story of Food in Photography, Foam has organised Teatime on Sunday 24 February, an afternoon talk on the representation of food in relation to the image of women.
Looking at the photographs in Feast for the Eyes, it is noticeable that images of food are rarely just about food. The relationship between women and food is in many cases formed by normative gender roles: men work outside the home and women in the home take on the role of a housewife. Traditionally, the kitchen is her domain. This is reflected in cookbooks from after the Second World War. These books were not very realistic. They presented an image of abundance, progress and leisure while there were still food shortages everywhere. Further, they promised that they would alleviate the tasks of women in the kitchen, but at the same time, they propagated that the kitchen was their natural habitat. In addition to these images, the exhibition also includes a number of works that reject this portrayal, such as Semiotics of the Kitchen by Martha Rosler. In the 1970s, in a humorous manner she conducts a feminist struggle against classical views of women as kitchen princesses. During Teatime we will talk about the representation of food in relation to the image of women with Merel Bem (De Volkskrant), Susan Bright (curator Feast for the Eyes), Kim Knoppers (curator Foam) and Haley Morris-Cafiero (artist).
ABOUT FEAST FOR THE EYES
The exhibtion shows a rich history of food photography - not only in the visual arts, but also in photojournalism, commercial and scientific photography. Ranging from the banality of the diner-breakfast special of Stephen Shore the to the allegorical still life of Laura Letinsky, the extensive exhibition Feast for the Eyes explores the most important figures and movements in food photography.
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Feast for the Eyes – The Story of Food in Photography is organised by the Aperture Foundation, New York and curated by Susan Bright and Denise Wolff.
The exhibition is made possible by the Blockbusterfonds.
Mediapartners: ELLE Eten, Het Parool
Foam is supported by the BankGiro Loterij, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, Gemeente Amsterdam, Olympus and the VandenEnde Foundation.